Mini Crochet Football Keychain – FREE Easy Pattern

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This free crochet pattern will show you how to make a tiny football, the perfect size for a keychain. These make delightful handmade gifts for football fans or athletes.

Looking for the perfect gift for a football player or sports enthusiast? What about a small item to add to a gift basket or raffle-off for a team fundraiser? Then look no further. This crochet keychain is so much fun to make a give. And with my free pattern, crocheters of any skill level can quickly create their own football keychain in no time.

They make perfect little gifts for football fans and are a fun way to add sporty style to a set of keys. To use it as a handbag or backpack accessory, you could also add a lobster clasp to make a clip-on charm. You could also make several little footballs and string them together as a garland for Super Bowl party decor. Its uses are only limited by your creativity!

Although it is small, this easy project will allow you to practice different crochet techniques. It’s worked in single crochet and shaped with simple increases and decreases. You will also be changing yarn color to make the white stripes.

But you’re not on your own! My included video tutorial provides step-by-step instructions to help you complete the pattern. So even a beginner can gain the skills and resources needed to design and make your very own football keyring, that you can use to show your loyalty to your team, all year long.

The best thing about this keychain is that it’s easy to customize to make a one-of-a-kind gift. You could make a traditional football as shown here, in dark brown with white stripes. If you’d like to make it NFL style, use more of a reddish brown and leave off the stripes. You could even choose your favorite yarn colors as a memento of your favorite school or football team.

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You can also change the size of this crochet football by experimenting with yarn weight and hook size. I used sport-weight yarn and a 3.0 mm crochet hook to make a football that’s 2.25 inches long. But for a bigger football, you could try worsted-weight yarn. You could even use super bulky weight to make a big and cuddly amigurumi football.

However you make them, these footballs make fun and useful gifts for the sports lovers in your life. Now let’s get started with this great crochet pattern!

Free Crochet Football Keychain Pattern

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Looking for more key ring crochet patterns? Here are some other designs you might like:

  1. Baseball Keychain
  2. Tiny Backpack Keychain or AirPods Case
  3. Keychain Cozy
  4. Volleyball Crochet Keychain

So, let me now give you the supplies you need in order to make this adorable project.

How to Crochet a Football Keychain

Materials you will need


5 sts x 6 rounds = 1 square inch


1.25 x 2.25 inches

Stitches used in the pattern

Learn all the basic crochet stitches HERE

  • st/sts = stitch/stitches
  • ch = chain
  • sc = single crochet
  • sl st = slip stitch
  • inc = increase
  • dec = decrease
  • Magic ring
  • inv = invisible
  • invisible join

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Note: This is a regular football with white lines (not all the way around), but an NFL style football has NO white lines and the brown is more reddish

With Brown

R1: Magic Ring and add 6 sc, close ring

R2: 2 sc per st

R3: *1 sc, 2 sc in the next st, repeat from * until the end of the round

Crochet the FIRST HALF of the round in WHITE, rest in BROWN

R4: 1 sc per st

R5-R11: 1 sc per st

R12: 1 sc in brown, then Crochet the FIRST HALF of the round in WHITE, rest in BROWN, 1 sc per st,

R13: *1sc, 1 inv sc dec, repeat from * all around

Add stuffing

R14: 1 in sc dec all around

Close the hole by sewing through each stitch (front loops only) of the last round

Sew the center long white line and the little white lines around it

Crochet Football Keychain Pattern
Crochet Football Keychain Pattern

Your crochet football keychain is now finished and ready to use! What will you use it for? As a Gift? For a Backpack? Or as a Quick Project to sell at a Craft Fair Market? I’d love to know! I hope you enjoyed making this cool crochet football keychain.

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Free Crochet Football Keychain Pattern

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